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447. Heather R.
What a perfect day to learn about this amazing Cobi Chair! I was at my new home (being constructed) this morning to start designing my new office/project room. After seeing this chair on the Inhabitat site I realized I HAVE TO HAVE A Cobi Chair in my new room! My new home is my dream green home. It is expected to be LEED certified Gold and will be finally done in two weeks! I found a house plan that not only incorporated all of the green features I was looking for but also space on the main level for my very own office/project room where I can manage the household, scrapbook, do homework with my kids, and host scrapbooking workshops. One of my desks in there will be made using scraps from my 3Form counter tops (which are red with bamboo rings set in them) and the scarlet Cobi Chair will go perfectly with that one-of-a-kind desk!

My poor husband will be across the house in his much smaller office in his comfy Herman Miller chair, but I hope to be much more fashionably comfortable in my new Cobi Chair in my fabulously sustainably decorated much larger office! When we are interviewed in local and regional publications about the unique features of the home, I will be sure to mention my new custom designed Cobi Chair as one of my favorite things!

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448. Kate M.
I've just started a we-based business from home. I also work two jobs and am a graduate student. Long story short, I am at my desk a lot and need something comfortable to sit in for long periods. I also have been eco-conscious much longer than it has been en vouge, and feel this chair represents the desire for a better world.

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449. Danielle M.
Hello! I am currently a graduate student at the University of Oregon and am about to start on my thesis work and my final year! I received my Bachelor's degree in Architecture and am now working on my Masters and am well educated on the importance of ergonomic design as we study the topic from furniture to buildings. We spend hours upon hours at our studio desks modeling, drawing and researching and yet our desks and chairs do not fit the human body and are not comfortable! While our work is very time consuming and full of intense deadlines all of the time, it would be nice to have a little support to get through all of those all nighters!

Our school is full of designer chairs such as Saarinen, Gehry, LeCorb, and Herman Miller, but those are all in the public spaces for visitors. We do have Herman Miller chairs at our desks but the are the type that sit straight up and to not conform to a body that is bent over modeling all night long. I am known for temporarily stealing the Eero Saarinen chairs out of the lobby for those late nights just to get some comfort and inspiration for a designer that knows what they are doing :) I have looked through your chair designs and entirely enjoyed doing so. Keep it up!

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450. Alex F.
I'm starting a business to help people make their homes more green. It'd be great to have a place to park my rear when I"m typing up my recommendations!

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451. Debra M.
I have been a practicing Dental Hygienist for about 30 years and am always having a difficult time finding a chair that assists me all day long. I am always bending over working on patients mouths and when I am not doing that I am zooming around the office looking at their records. After doing this for so many years without a supportive chair I have had extra strain on my back and would love to work with such an ergonomically designed chair as my current throne is a adjustable stool. Thank you!

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452. Keith S.
I spend most of my workday in a chair, looking at the computer screen, writing, drawing, speaking on the phone, or reading. My back sometimes is not happy at the end of the day, and I would like to change that.

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453. John G.
My wife's office chair broke last Friday, so I gave her mine. Now I am sitting one foot off of the floor instead of her. We are entrepreneur's and run 2 businesses out of our home. Like many, money is tight. The hydraulic cylinder is shot and cannot be fixed. I NEED a COBI. HELP! COBI chairs are cool and I am a cool guy. I need a COBI chair to lift my butt up off of the floor. A steel folding chair is my only option other than winning this COBI chair.

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454. Debbie G.
I sit in my office chair approximately 8 hours per day minimum. I have lower back issues, and the beginning stages of carpel tunnel. My job is a recruiter for advertising agencies and I work nationwide, so I am on the phone all day at my desk with my computer. I need comfort so I can focus on finding jobs for advertising professionals which are hard to find in this economy! The more I am at my desk, the more I can help people find jobs.

My husband and I work together and just a few days ago the hydraulic for lifting the chair went poof when I tried raising it. So that I wouldn''t complain all the time my darling husband switched chairs with me, so now he sits in a hole. Since the economy has gone to the toilet, we don't have the cash to lay out for a new office chair, especially one that we need. Please help us win the Cobi chair! I promise to spread the good word about Cobi! Since you are giving away 5 chairs, my husband is also putting in his entry. It would be awesome for us to have 2 matching chairs. Am I being greedy? My new signature color for my logo is lime green and accents on my desk are silver so that is probably what we will go with as far as color!

Thanks Smart Furniture for having this contest and BTW....pick me! PLEASE!

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455. Craig S.
Because right now I'm sitting on a milk crate!

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456. Matt P.
I work for a very small business in Portland, OR. We do architectural drafting, modeling, and illustration. I started here after I got laid off from my office job at a medium sized architecture firm (where they had fancy chairs). I sit at my computer for 8 hours a day, trying to help the business grow, but unfortunately it is in a wooden dining room chair. The business is barely making enough money to pay the bills, let alone buy new furniture.

I'm not sure how long any of you have sat in a dining room chair, but I assure you it cannot be good for the back. I read Inhabitat every day at lunch, so if they promote the Cobi chair, I can trust that it will fit my needs - both as a concerned environmentalist and a concerned owner of a back. Please have pity on my vertebrae and send me a chair! Thanks :)

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457. Justin W.
I need to win a Cobi chair because just after I went to work for a new, startup firm, they decided to get the newest, "cool" chair due to all of the hype and media. It is the one "upgrade" they made when building out our office. Since I've been in said chair, I've developed "snapping hip" which is the IT band poping over your hip bone, and a have had some lower back issues. I'm 27 and can't get comfortable in this thing, and I'm afraid to ask my boss to let me get a new chair! I work 7am to 5pm and eat at my desk, and face the typical financial burdens of a small start up company.

I need you to rescue me from the torture device I'm subjected to every day! For my health and piece of mind! Thanks for your consideration!

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458. Hannah W.
After starting telecommuting last year I asked my company for a good office chair at home as I have this horrible habit of slumping my shoulders and jutting my jaw out as I sit, resulting in a miserable knifing pain in my shoulder - aren't I a pleasure, whining already.

Well, as telecommuting for my company is a "privilege" it did not warrant a new chair for my home, nor was I able to bring my office chair home so they sent me with an old conference chair that resembles a recliner rather than an office chair...I Neeeeeed a new office chair, would love a fabulous Cobi chair that would not only provide for a significantly improved workspace health wise but would also rid my house of this hideous conference room chair that has a worn but mark from a previous office manager and all his coffee stains!

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459. Nancy S.
Recently I moved from Florida to Philly. As part of my move I had to store my stuff in my mom's garage. Big mistake. Several of my things got moldy, including my office chair. It is still in my mom's garage. I want to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way, but haven't come up with a way yet. No pictures today, but will send if needed. Kind of a boring story, but I still need a chair.

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460. Seb G.
I should win a Cobi because I appreciate a well designed product and would flood the internet about how great it is.

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461. Daniel C.
Oh, well, hello there, I didn't see you there. Well since you asked, I think I should get this chair based on my current situation. I recently purchased a LCD flat screen TV and I am building a custom desk from scratch out of cedar planks from a local saw mill (sustainable, economic, and practical). And as of right now, I am "operating" on top of a wooden stool which really hurts my bum. So please help me and bum out and let me work in comfort. Plus I can be the marketing tool to propel Smart Furniture.

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462. Ariel T.
I am a computer addict, yet I am completely without chair. My boyfriend recently injured my desk also, but once we get that fixed, I would love to have a Cobi to call my own, to save me from kneeling or using a milk crate. I know, I know, I could use a dining chair, but the dining chair restricts my movement, though, and runs the risk of scratching the wood floor, which is rented. Letter-writing has fallen by the wayside. Mix CDs are dreamed of, but never made. Tasks that must be done leave me with headaches and lumbar issues.

A Cobi chair would look so beautiful, and would treat my body right. With it's Cradle-to-Cradle certification, I would feel guilt-free about using a Cobi chair. I also work at a grocery co-op, where my co-workers have a strong interest in sustainability, as well as healthy ergonomics- if I had a Cobi, they would see that there is a better way to get their desk work done. I deserve a Cobi because everyone deserves a Cobi. The only way that I can afford a Cobi is for you to have sweet mercy on me and my sad spine.

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463. Chris A.
I have been scouring the internet looking for a chair that accomplishes the tasks of being both sleek in its design as well as ergonomically sound as I spend the majority of my work day seated at a computer for my job. I have been contemplating one of the Herman Miller chairs but am not sure I want to spend so much on a chair (important as said chair may be). According to the reviews I have read about the Cobi chair, it is extremely comfortable in addition to encouraging better posture. Also, the design is quite aesthetically pleasing with its sleek lines and contemporary color pairings.

I would definitely love one of these chairs of my own and would become an avid "word of mouth advertiser" to friends / family / and strangers alike. Thanks!

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464. Taryn Z.
I am a trash picker by nature. Many things in my very small apartment were either once trash or hand-me-downs and I wouldn't have it any other way... except for my desk chair. I remember finding a dumpster here in Center City Philadelphia virtually filled with what looked to be the remnants of an old waiting room at a doctors office. I saw something chrome sticking out and dove in and found a chair. It was in perfect condition; a chrome frame, black cushioned cantilever waiting room chair just waiting to find a new home. So I carted it back to my apartment and was thrilled that it fit my desk perfectly.

This was about 4 months ago and since then, my company, Recycling Zychal, has really taken off, I work full time at a marketing firm and whenever I'm not at my desk sewing or working, I'm surfing the web. As an industrial designer, I feel very silly for thinking that a pretty chrome cantilever waiting room chair would be suitable for me to sit at a working desk and be comfortable, but, like I said, I'm a trash picker, and I love it.

Many things I love very dearly have come from the trash, and I still to this day, LOVE my current desk chair, but it is terrible as a desk chair. It's far too comfortable and it makes me relax and slouch when I work. On top of all of this, I was hit by a bus on my bicycle about 2 and a half years ago and had to go through intense physical rehabilitation for 9 months. I feel like investing in a nice chair is probably something I should have done ages ago. I tried making it more comfortable by propping some old pillows under my seat, but I find myself wanting off very quickly after starting a project.

I would like to win this Cobi chair first and foremost because I know it will ease the tension in my back. The ergonomic shape and structure looks so good, I can already visualize myself getting work done in it. Secondly, I HATE the color black. I am a color person and to see the fun funky colors paired with the white is quite refreshing. My desk (also garbage, but one of the best finds I ever had) is also white and I can see a great pair in the making. Please consider me for this prize, it will be used daily by me and helping me to get work done for my company. I make dog rain coats, cat toys and babushkas out of upcycled umbrellas that I also find in the trash. So if you think about it, awarding me with one of these great Cobi chairs is not only helping me, but animals and the environment!

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465. Beth A.
My plight: I'm a recent graduate from college, so I make approximately two Cobi's a month as an administrative and communications specialist. (Out of price range? Check.) On top of that I'm saving for graduate school -- I aspire to be an architect. (Design appreciation? Check.) In my frugality, I live in a small studio apartment above a garage. It was a steal and even came partially furnished. But the only pieces of furniture I personally own are two bookcases, two broken chairs, a table, and one "desk chair." There's a reason I use quotation marks. As you can see from the images, it's an unmitigated wicker disaster. My buttocks do not approve. Actually, it's my right buttock that doesn't approve, as there's no room for it on the tiny chair, only its partner. The chair is hard and downright cruel to my lower back. If I'm not careful, I also find splinters in undisclosed locations. Did I mention it falls over if you hang a towel on it? (Desperate need? Check.) I should have known better, but it was $15 and I cracked in a moment of weakness. Since this chair isn't actually broken, I have a hard time justifying a replacement. So I sit on my bed instead of that frightful antique and dream of what life would be like with Cobi. (Weak and pathetic? Check.)

Please help. One day when I am a successful architect, I promise to pair Cobi with a most beautiful and worthy Steelecase desk (bought off smartfurniture.com).

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466. Jamie F.
I should win because I am an aspiring novelist who is studying to get a degree in Environmental Sustainability. Every writer needs a comfortable chair and as an eco-conscious person...it should be sustainable.

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467. Keyse A.
Shoot, I should win this because I have a beautiful body and it deserves the best. Besides blogging and spending an obscene amount of time playing on the internet I design and make jewelry. By the time I'm done working on a couple of designs I can already feel my neck straining from sitting in a poorly designed chair. I love modern design and don't feel like I should have to sacrifice aesthetics for comfort. I apply that philosophy to my personal style as well, looking good shouldn't be painful.

In 2008 I was named one of Boston's most fashionable Bostonian by the Boston Globe. I was flattered and dumbfounded because my style is minimal yet pacts a punch with select texture, colors, and prints. Besides blogging and jewelry design I am the GED case manager for a nonprofit. My chair at work is a disgrace, but its a non-profit so I try to pretend that I'm not sitting on multiple dubious stains. It's harder to avoid the fact that my work chair doesn''t have wheels and its the proper height for my desk. I have constant lower back pain. You would think that with all of my awesome endeavors I would be able to afford a decent chair! But I honestly can't afford a chair of this quality and eco-conscience. I appreciate the opportunity to win your amazing craftsmanship.

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468. Linda M.
I think I should win a beautiful Cobi chair because of a recent major change in my living circumstances. A few weeks ago my mother was robbed in her senior citizens building in a large city in Ohio. As a result, she was fearful of leaving her apartment. I resolved to move her, and my aunt who shared her apartment, down to my cozy (944 sq. ft.) home in North Carolina. They were pleased with the plan, so I emptied my bedroom and my craft room so they could each have a room and I moved into my home office/library.

I am enormously blessed to be able to do this for them, but I do feel very cramped in my tiny multi-purpose space. My clunky old office chair took up too much room, so now I use an old wooden dining chair. The cleanly designed Cobi chair would really be more flexible and functional. The ergonomics of the Cobi would keep my posture in check, helping me to breathe in peace and joy. Just as important, the elegant beauty of the Cobi chair would lift my spirits and continually remind me that giving creates blessing. Last but not least, the environmental aspects of the Cobi will reinforce my message to my elders that we must take our stewardship of the earth very seriously.

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469. Ryan M.
I am a full-time student and full-time factory worker. I drive a fork truck around 6-8 hours each day which offers no ergonomics. The fork truck also jars my back violently going across rougher surfaces. When I finally make it home to work on my homework, I just can't get comfortable enough to focus on my schoolwork. I, like most students, purchased a laptop to enable the freedom of a mobile study place. The bad thing is that an ergonomic workplace isn't really mobile, even if your books and computer are. That's why I want a Cobi stool. I would be able to wheel it to other rooms with me, and since it has the stool attachment, it would enable me to have a more horizontal thigh position and support an upright posture for typing on my laptop.

Form meets function, the basis of biology, and good design in general. I provide the function, Cobi chair creates the form.

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470. John G.
I am going back to school for Architecture this fall, and I am losing seats in the process. My butterfly chair ripped. My futon is in pieces at a North Carolina recycling facility. I sold my car on Craigslist, leaving me to rely on shared seats on buses on trains. What I want now is one truly great seat to call my own. I need a seat I can rely on for 3-6 years of school and countless years beyond. I need a seat that reflects my own belief in the importance of sustainability and durability.

I need a Cobi.

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472. Brian M.
"The Lonely Chair and Chair-ity"

Why do we deserve to win a Cobi? It begins with a "Lonely Chair" and ends with a trip to Chair-ity. That's right, should we win, our Cobi will be given to Re-Start. We can't think of a better place to donate a seat on the house. But before that can happen, you have to listen to our story and vote. Why not cast one for Chair-ity?



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473. John S.
I am still using the office chair I bought when I started by landscape design practice in New York in 1972. I brought it with me when I moved to Singapore in 1992. The wheels squeek and there's a little rust, but the fabric is still good and it tilts back ok. Most newer chairs are no good after a couple of years, so I value this die-hard classic. But I suppose it looks kind of shabby and old and I would like to project a more current image, and enjoy the benefits of ergonomic design. I will not discard my old favorite, so no disposal issue, and the length of time I have used only one chair must qualify me for some landfill credits. And, I will promote the Cobi around Asia. I'm not sure how to send a photo, but I will try to attach one of me in my chair. [I am actually sitting in the chair, but you can't see it.]

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474. Sam M.
Hi! My name is Sam and I am currently about to embark on my final year of my studies in business and engineering at MSOE. I spend hours upon hours at my desk working on my computer. I have taken classes that focus on the importance of ergonomic design and understand the importance of this element in everyday life but our school chairs lack this element. I would love to win one of these fancy Cobi chairs to use at school ever day!

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475. Wes G. (aka Ron)
My name is Ron - I'm an itenerate actor and travel agent from Blaine Missouri. All my life I've been saddled with the terrible burdens of living in the stool capital of the world: bad back, aching butt, no place to put my feet but curled up under the seat. It's horrible. But the minute you try to buy yourself a nice Cobi office chair the whole town is in uproar! "There are no Cobi chairs in the stool capital of the world! Where's your sense of community? We all have stools and here you are trying to trade your stool for an Cobi chair!"

Well, I've had enough. I set out from Blaine for the coast several months ago. At the end of my journey I was growing discouraged: no ocean, no coast, only mountains. But then I smelled it: the sea. I knew I'd arrived. In the morning I realized I was on the Tennessee river, and what I'd smelled I probably shouldn't mention in a family-friendly Cobi chair contest. Anyway, I was tired of being on the move, so I walked into a bar downtown. Stools. Everywhere. Is there no escape?

Help me, Smart Furniture. I know I could just buy Cobi, but I spent all my cash on a small surgery...anyway, I don't have enough. But my back creaks, my butt breaks - I need a Cobi! You're my only hope.



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476. Zsuzsi A.
Hello I have a ECO-friendly Painting company / "All-Women Painting LLC "/ in Philadelphia -i just moved there - we use only no-VOC materials. I'll be happy to do my paperwork and contact my clients from COBI chair :-)

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477. Stephen D.
I am an architect and former triathlete & for years I have been suffering from a degenerating L5-S1 spinal disc. I've done everything from physical therapy to acupuncture, from epidural cortesone injections to yoga, from chiropractic adjustments to shoe orthotics but nothing relieves the constant pain. The neurosurgeons I've met with feel as though I'm doing everything right but do not recommend disc replacement but merely medications to keep the pain in check. I'm not all that keen on taking daily meds & am trying all alternatives to mitigate my issue. I would like to believe that a better chair at work would work greatly towards that goal of pain mitigation and hopefully I can get back to triathlon again.

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478. Sarah S.
It's 8:22 AM; I've just been awarded two jobs through an online system, but my legs are already asleep and I don't know how I'll keep sitting to complete the work. The cushion on my Scandinavian dining chair has lost all its original fluff, so I'm sitting on a slab of birch plywood. When I bought this chair, I thought I'd be sitting in it once in a while, after work. Now, I'm running a small business from it! My poor chair is not up to the challenge. I'd grin and bear it (after all, you don't need functioning legs to use SketchUp), but I'm building an architectural design and illustration firm.

It's hard to convince clients to use upscale furniture in their offices when they see me sitting on a broken down dining-room chair with no mates. A cobi would show people that I know what I'm talking about, that good design matters, and that, when I get up to get them a glass of water, I don''t crumble into a pins-and-needles heap after the first step.

Yep, a Cobi would definitely enhance my fledgling business. Without it, I'm doomed to illustrating low brow spaces and inferior chairs, while fighting off the numbness in my legs. See how much happier cobi makes me look? That's just THINKING about a cobi. Imagine my joy if it were more than just a rendering.

Help a poor designer! Send a Cobi today!

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479. Justin B.
I should win a Cobi because I need a great chair, that has great back-support for my home-office. I work from home, both as an insurance agent as well as law student, and am always at my home office. I have had numerous back problems, going back to a stress fracture in my lower back in high school that I carried with me through college athletics, where the pain got more constant. I have problems finding great chairs that help support my lower back until I sat in a Cobi chair at a Steelcase showroom.

I wish I could get this chair now, and winning one would be the best way to help with my lower back problems, as well as augment my productivity with my studies and my home business!

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480. Gregory W.
Last year I finally purchased a used office chair from the University to replace the folding chair I had been using. while it rolls OK, it squeeks something terrible, has almost no resistance to leaning back and doesn't support my back the way I need.

I also spend 6-10 hours per day on my computer trying to win contests.

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